Railroaded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #8) by J.C. Eaton #bookreview #mystery

Title: Railroaded 4 Murder

Author: J.C. Eaton

Publisher:  Kensington Cozies

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

Page Count:  262

My rating: 4 stars

About the book:

While planning her wedding, Sophie “Phee” Kimball gets sidetracked by the murder of a model train enthusiast . . . 
 
Phee’s marriage to Marshall Gregory promises to be the wedding of the year in Arizona’s Sun City West—that is, if you ask her mother Harriet. But before she can walk down the aisle, it looks like she has to solve one more murder. At a model train exhibit, Phee, Harriet, and their beloved Chiweenie, Streetman, discover the body of Sun City West’s railroad club president, with an incriminating tap shoe near his lifeless corpse.

Wilbur Maines may have loved model trains but apparently he was not a model husband. There are rumors of affairs with hot-to-trot hobbyists the Choo-Choo Chicks. The police suspect his wife—and Harriet’s friend—Roxanne, who dances with the Rhythm Tappers, but Phee’s mom is convinced they’re on the wrong track. Before the poor woman is railroaded into spending the rest of her life behind bars, Phee, Harriet, and the book club ladies will need to do some fancy footwork, infiltrate the dance group, and find the real culprit before the killer leaves the station . . .

Railroaded 4 Murder by J.C. Eaton is the eighth book in the cozy Sophie Kimball Mystery series. Each book of the series contains it’s own mystery that is solved by the end so the books can be read in any order or as a standalone if choosing to do so. However, those that read from the beginning will get all of the character development throughout the series.

In the beginning of this series readers were introduced to Sophie ‘Phee’ Kimball who had been living in Minnesota while her retired mother was living in her retirement community in Sun City West, Arizona. Phee’s mother called her daughter frantic that there was a murderer on the loose and targeting her book club thinking her daughter who worked as a bookkeeper for the police department was as good as any detective.

After traveling to Arizona to help her mother Phee decided it was time for a change and being close to her mother would help keep her out of the path of any more murderers. A friend of Phee’s just happened to want to start up a private investigating business so a new job for Phee quickly became available. Phee’s plans of keeping her mother and their friends away from murder investigations has been derailed yet again when one of Phee’s mother’s group find another body at the a model train exhibit.

The Sophie Kimball Mystery series is one that I have followed from the beginning and have really enjoyed each and every book that comes along. The character development in this series is great for a cozy and has progressed nicely now through the eighth book. While I like the main character in this series I really love her mother’s group of friends that get up to all kinds of hilarious mischief. I don’t know how many more murders will take place in this small retirement community but I’ll keep coming back for each one!

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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About the author:

J.C. Eaton is the wife and husband writing team of Ann I. Goldfarb and James E. Clapp who reside in Arizona.

Ann I. Goldfarb
New York native Ann I. Goldfarb spent most of her life in education, first as a classroom teacher and later as a middle school principal and professional staff developer. Writing as J. C. Eaton, along with her husband, James Clapp, she has authored the Sophie Kimball Mysteries (Kensington). In addition, Ann has nine published YA time travel mysteries under her own name. Visit the websites at: http://www.jceatonauthor.com and http://www.timetravelmysteries.com

James E. Clapp
When James E. Clapp retired as the tasting room manager for a large upstate New York winery, he never imagined he’d be co-authoring cozy mysteries with his wife, Ann I. Goldfarb. Booked 4 Murder (Kensington) is his first novel. Non-fiction in the form of informational brochures and workshop materials treating the winery industry were his forte along with an extensive background and experience in construction that started with his service in the U.S. Navy and included vocational school classroom teaching. Visit the website at http://www.jceatonauthor.com

BOOKED 4 MURDER, the first novel in the Sophie Kimball Mystery Series, took first place in the 2018 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards in the Cozy Mystery Category.

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7 Comments on “Railroaded 4 Murder (Sophie Kimball Mystery #8) by J.C. Eaton #bookreview #mystery

    • Haha sorry Kim! They are really funny though even though I’m always wondering what it says about me that I laugh more searching for a murderer with cozies than I do most books that are meant to be humorous.

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  1. Great review Carrie. I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it, not sure why I never got back to it. I have them all on my kindle, so I definitely need to get back to this one. It sounds like it gets better.

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